How A Century-Old Skate Design Completely Changed Modern Speed Skating

Equipment can be a funny thing in sports, as we've seen with the ongoing Under Armor race suit debacle. But that's nothing compared to what happened in 1996, when the International Skating Union allowed skaters to begin using clap skates (or slap skates, depending on who you ask) in competitions. » 2/15/14 1:37pm 2/15/14 1:37pm

Is A Crappy Under Armour Race Suit Slowing Down U.S. Speed Skating?

The U.S. has sucked something fierce in speed skating so far at Sochi. Through more than half of its races, Team USA still hasn't medaled. This is astonishing, because speed skating is traditionally one of the U.S.'s strongest winter sports. One explanation for the dip? As the Wall Street Journal first reported, it may … » 2/13/14 7:29pm 2/13/14 7:29pm

Speed Skaters Have Gotten A Lot Faster Since 1924

Similar to what The New York Times did for the 100m dash in 2012, The Wall Street Journal has developed a great graphic to show just how much faster the top speed skaters have gotten over the years. The still above is part of an animation pitting every male 500m gold medalist against each other; the 2002 winner (Casey… » 2/10/14 6:20pm 2/10/14 6:20pm

So, Why Is There A Korean Guy On Russia's Speed Skating Team?

Russia came away with a bronze medal in the men's 1,500m short track speed skating event today, and you may have noticed that the guy who brought that medal home, Viktor Ahn, doesn't look very, um, Russian. We can explain. » 2/10/14 5:03pm 2/10/14 5:03pm

So Why Was That Angry Speed Skating Guy So Angry?

Sjinkie Knegt, an Olympic-bound speed skater from the Netherlands, graced us this weekend with the greatest speed skating photo of all time when he lost the 5000m relay at ISU European short track speed skating championships to Victor An, a Russian by way of South Korea. Now we can't help but ask one question: Why u so … » 1/20/14 4:55pm 1/20/14 4:55pm